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For decades science fiction was a notoriously male preserve, ranged by a very few intrepid women writers. In the 1970s women authors took center stage, creating vital, colorful female characters, envisioning societies where gender was not an issue, even worlds where men did not exist. Then in the 1980s, women in a community gave way to the strong woman hero who went advent For decades science fiction was a notoriously male preserve, ranged by a very few intrepid women writers. In the 1970s women authors took center stage, creating vital, colorful female characters, envisioning societies where gender was not an issue, even worlds where men did not exist. Then in the 1980s, women in a community gave way to the strong woman hero who went adventuring alone, unsupported by female friends, lovers, kinfolk, mentors, protegees, or peers. The fifteen stories in Memories and Visions feature women who travel and fight and celebrate together, women who reacch out to each other across times and cultures, women who find allies in the most unexpected places. Stories by Adrienne Lauby, Barbara krasnoff, Caro Clarke, Charlotte Watson Sherman, Hattie Gossette, Judith Katz, Kiel Stuart, L. Timmel Duchamp, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lorraine Schein, Mary Ellen Mathews, Nona M. Caspers, R.M. Meluch, Rosario Champagne, and Shirley Hartwell.


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For decades science fiction was a notoriously male preserve, ranged by a very few intrepid women writers. In the 1970s women authors took center stage, creating vital, colorful female characters, envisioning societies where gender was not an issue, even worlds where men did not exist. Then in the 1980s, women in a community gave way to the strong woman hero who went advent For decades science fiction was a notoriously male preserve, ranged by a very few intrepid women writers. In the 1970s women authors took center stage, creating vital, colorful female characters, envisioning societies where gender was not an issue, even worlds where men did not exist. Then in the 1980s, women in a community gave way to the strong woman hero who went adventuring alone, unsupported by female friends, lovers, kinfolk, mentors, protegees, or peers. The fifteen stories in Memories and Visions feature women who travel and fight and celebrate together, women who reacch out to each other across times and cultures, women who find allies in the most unexpected places. Stories by Adrienne Lauby, Barbara krasnoff, Caro Clarke, Charlotte Watson Sherman, Hattie Gossette, Judith Katz, Kiel Stuart, L. Timmel Duchamp, Laurell K. Hamilton, Lorraine Schein, Mary Ellen Mathews, Nona M. Caspers, R.M. Meluch, Rosario Champagne, and Shirley Hartwell.

46 review for Memories and Visions: Woman's Fantasy and Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    A fabulous tapestry of woman-centered sci fi and fantasy! Well woven and I enjoyed the queer features. My favorite stories include L. Timmel Duchamp's "O's Story, Barbara Krasnoff's "Signs of Life" and Mary Ellen Mathew's "Children of Diver's Kind". The shorts cover topics ranging from space ships that connect to your mind, clones in the USA, literary genius chimps and elven goddesses. I only kept it from 5 stars because of a few stories that I found included were less than perfect. A fabulous tapestry of woman-centered sci fi and fantasy! Well woven and I enjoyed the queer features. My favorite stories include L. Timmel Duchamp's "O's Story, Barbara Krasnoff's "Signs of Life" and Mary Ellen Mathew's "Children of Diver's Kind". The shorts cover topics ranging from space ships that connect to your mind, clones in the USA, literary genius chimps and elven goddesses. I only kept it from 5 stars because of a few stories that I found included were less than perfect.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jack Ziegler

    I picked this book up at a Wheaton Library book sale. As the father of two daughters I thought it would be a good reminder of the different viewpoints of women. I have not been disappointed. One thing that surprised me is the tone of Feminism. The book was published in 1989. I don't hear feminist discussions like this anymore. But, I'm not in college anymore either. My favorite stories were" Signs of Life" by Barbara Kransoff, "A Token for Celandine" by Laurell K. Hamilton, and "womanmansion" by I picked this book up at a Wheaton Library book sale. As the father of two daughters I thought it would be a good reminder of the different viewpoints of women. I have not been disappointed. One thing that surprised me is the tone of Feminism. The book was published in 1989. I don't hear feminist discussions like this anymore. But, I'm not in college anymore either. My favorite stories were" Signs of Life" by Barbara Kransoff, "A Token for Celandine" by Laurell K. Hamilton, and "womanmansion" by Hattie Gossett. They all had unique parts that I really enjoyed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    I liked most of the stories, actually. Some were very thought provoking, some were rather fantasical, and some were flat out weird. This collection was published in 1989, so a little bit of what may have seemed new and weird and futuristic seemed just fine to me, if not outdated. I enjoyed it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I only read the story by Laurell K Hamilton. This story is very early in her career and you can see themes of her future stories. What I found most interesting was her author bio at the end, if you read her blog, you will notice she doesn't sound that bright and shiny any more. I only read the story by Laurell K Hamilton. This story is very early in her career and you can see themes of her future stories. What I found most interesting was her author bio at the end, if you read her blog, you will notice she doesn't sound that bright and shiny any more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Claire Ryan

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Davenport

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hilliary

  8. 5 out of 5

    MissCrystal Nelson

  9. 4 out of 5

    mayhem!

  10. 4 out of 5

    mlady_rebecca

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Murakami

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heather Babcock

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shanell Matos

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lily Mackerelmint

  15. 4 out of 5

    Famo Musa

  16. 4 out of 5

    Graham Ainsley

  17. 4 out of 5

    Angella

  18. 4 out of 5

    Christy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Wellman

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hailey Hansford

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bud Bullard

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

  23. 5 out of 5

    Toni Tigz

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cindywho

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Saski

  31. 4 out of 5

    Emme Kay

  32. 4 out of 5

    The Center for Sexuality & Gender Diversity

  33. 4 out of 5

    Stinky

  34. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  35. 4 out of 5

    Rowan Fortuin

  36. 5 out of 5

    Gender Clear

  37. 5 out of 5

    Fenix

  38. 5 out of 5

    Jo-jo

  39. 5 out of 5

    Bibliodonna

  40. 5 out of 5

    Laura Quilter

  41. 4 out of 5

    Steph

  42. 4 out of 5

    Deona Owens

  43. 5 out of 5

    Kathyb

  44. 5 out of 5

    Irinak Kish

  45. 5 out of 5

    Elyzia

  46. 4 out of 5

    Tigerlille86

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